RECON GPS/Globalstar Collars

TGW-4x6x-4 RECON GPS/Globalstar system
GPS/Globalstar collar with side-looking GPS antenna and dorsal Globalstar antenna

Telonics RECON models collect GPS positions and transfer the data to the user through the Globalstar satellite system.

  • Lower cost than other satellite-linked GPS alternatives
  • Very low monthly service fees for Globalstar service (typically ~$5/month per unit)
  • Retains the reliability long associated with the use of a hermetically sealed metal canister
  • Utilizes a dorsally mounted Globalstar antenna for better satellite connectivity as compared to some competitor’s units with side-mounted Globalstar antennas
  • User programmable GPS, Globalstar, and VHF schedules
    • Attempt a GPS position every 1 - 48 hours
    • Globalstar transmissions daily, every other day, or following every 1 - 47 GPS fixes (~6 GPS locations fit in each Globalstar transmission)
    • VHF selectable in 30 minute increments up to 24 hours per day, with selectable operation on each day of the week (Monday - Sunday)
  • Ideal for long term monitoring up to 10 + years
  • Mortality detection and positioning with immediate notification directly to your mobile phone available using the Globalstar uplink
  • Refurbishing is not available with RECON units

Models

Model Housing Dimensions*
L x W x H (in, cm)
Housing Weight* (g) Estimated Weight with Collar** (g)
RECON-4560-4 2.8 x 2.0 x 1.5
7.1 x 5.1 x 3.8
~250 500 - 600
RECON-4660-4 3.0 x 2.7 x 1.9
7.6 x 6.9 x 4.8
~450 800 - 1000

* Includes electronics and battery
** Varies based on collar specifications

Examples of Operational Life

Battery life is dependent on frequency of attempted GPS positions, frequency of Globalstar data transmissions, VHF schedule, and operational temperature. The GPS, Globalstar, and VHF schedules are all user definable in accordance with the objectives of your study. Please consult with Telonics to assist with determining what would work best for your application.

Estimates below assume average low temperatures of 0°C for extended periods and that the VHF transmitter has an average pulse period of 1500 ms (40 beats per minute). Higher average temperatures will result in increased battery life and lower temperatures shorter lives. Faster VHF pulse rates or greater periods of VHF operation will decrease operational life. The following are examples only, with many other options possible.

Model Battery Life (years) with daily Globalstar transmission, and...
GPS schedule No VHF VHF 8 hours/day
RECON-4560-4 1 GPS/day 11.4 - 13.6 6.2 - 7.4
4 GPS/day 3.8 - 4.6 2.9 - 3.6
6 GPS/day 3.1 - 3.8 2.5 - 3.1
12 GPS/day (2 Globalstar/day) 1.6 - 2.0 1.4 - 1.8
RECON-4660-4 1 GPS/day 19.4 - 22 11.2 - 13.25
4 GPS/day 7.4 - 8.8 5.8 - 7.0
6 GPS/day 6.1 - 7.3 4.9 - 6.0
12 GPS/day (2 Globalstar/day) 3.3 - 4.0 2.9 - 3.7

Specifications: Electronic and Packaging - GPS/Globalstar

TGW-xxxx Terrestrial Wildlife Configurations

General System Specifications

Timing AccuracyTiming is synchronized to GPS time when available. If the GPS time is not then internal timing accuracy is:
6 min/year at 25° C
30 min/yr -20 to +40° C
47 min/yr -40 to +70° C
Available SensorsMortality, Activity, Temperature, Low Voltage
Memory CapacityCapable of storing 100K fixes in nonvolatile flash memory in association with other sensor data.

GPS Receiver Specifications

Performance-163 dBm tracking sensitivity -147 dBm acquisition sensitivity
DatumWGS-84
Time to First Fix (TTFF)35sec typical (with clear view of sky)
Quick Fix Pseudoranging (QFP) 3 sec typical (with clear view of sky)

Globalstar Transmitter Module Specifications

GeneralFCC ID L2V-STX3
Industry Canada ID 3989A-STX3
Frequency Range 1610-1620 MHz
Applicable FCC Rules CFR Title 47, parts 2, 15, and 25
Power Output 100mW
Mechanical/EnvironmentalOperating Temperature Range -40 to +70 °C
Globalstar Antenna SpecificationsIn collar-mounted wildlife configurations the Globalstar antenna is mounted on the dorsal surface of the neck. The antenna is installed in a high impact nonconductive plastic housing. The form of the housing presents sloping sides so that it will be impervious to chewing and gnawing as is possible. A highly armored antenna cable connects the antenna to the instrument package.

VHF Transmitter Component Specifications

OPERATION INTERLOCK: All elements of the VHF transmitter component are forced off whenever the Globalstar transmitter module is on. This interlock device forcibly prevents simultaneous operation of the two transmitters, thus they are not considered to be co-located under FCC regulations.

Available Frequency OptionsOption 700 138-175 MHz
Up to 230MHz supported. Contact Telonics for details.
Frequency StabilityBetter than ±3 ppm at room temperature;
±5 ppm total tolerance over full temperature range
Operating Temperature-40° to + 70° C
Pulse WidthProgrammable (10 to 250 msec)
Pulse PeriodProgrammable (560 to 5000 msec)
5 separate pulse period values selectable:
Period 1 (indicates last GPS fix successful)
Period 2 (indicates last GPS fix QFP, if equipped)
Period 3 (indicates last GPS fix unsuccessful)
Mortality period (if no motion for selected time)
Dead Battery period
Available SensorsMortality Sensor (parameters are user programmable)
Transmitter TimingProgrammable seasons and duty cycles.
Power OutputProgrammable Low/Medium/High power. Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP) varies, depending on packaging, antenna configuration, and immediate environmental conditions.
* California Users: This transmitter meets the California requirement of EIRP <0.009 W for all configurations.
Emission Designator2k00P0N
Harmonic SuppressionBetter than 30 dB (>40 dB typical)
Spurious Emissions<-35 dBc at 10 kHz offset from carrier
FrequencyAging: <2 ppm/yr
Shock: <1 ppm 3000 g x 0.3 ms x ½ sine x 3 dir
VSWRRF output stable to 10:1 VSWR, all phases
Radiated harmonic levels are degraded with poor load VSWR.
Spurious emission specification maintained for >10:1 VSWR
ProgrammingTransmitter parameters programmable via antenna "1-pin" interface and Telonics TPP PC software.

Packing/Housing Specifications

Hermetic Metal CanistersElectronics are sealed in hermetic metal canisters containing the electronics, batteries, and all interconnects. Glass to metal feed-thru technology is used to exit antennas and power. This packing is hermetic and can be tested utilizing a helium leak bomb test for hermeticity to assure < 1 part in 106 atmospheric CC per second.

Collar Specifications

Collared DesignsCollar designs are species specific.

Notice to United States Users

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesirable operation.

The user is cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Telonics could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

This device contains FCC ID: UQR-CMDCSTM3

To satisfy FCC RF Exposure requirements for mobile and base station transmission devices, a separation distance of 20cm or more should be maintained between the antenna of this device and persons during operation. To ensure compliance, operation at closer than this distance is not recommended.

Notice to Canadian Users

Under Industry Canada regulations, this radio transmitter may only operate using the antenna integrated into the device.

This device complies with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

This device contains IC ID: 8863A-CMDCSTM3

Manual

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Lithium Battery Shipping Regulations

Telonics, Inc. ships all systems containing lithium batteries in accordance with United Nation and US Federal regulations for shipping hazardous materials.

49 Code of Federal Regulations
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IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (current year)

Service Commitment

Since 1970, Telonics has built a reputation based on product quality, product support, service, and customer satisfaction. Telonics strives to produce the highest quality products, and to support those products accordingly.

Because of extreme conditions and the unpredictable nature associated with most telemetry applications, problems occasionally arise. Most problems can be resolved quickly. In all cases, we hope to be able to work in partnership with users to resolve problems to the user's satisfaction and to uphold our demonstrated commitment to excellence. If problems should arise, all products must be returned to our factory for failure analysis.

Warranty: GEN 4 GPS Systems

Telonics warrants its GPS products to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from the date acquired. Telonics does not warrant batteries.

Telonics designs and manufactures systems for a variety of applications using several satellite systems (GPS, Argos, Iridium, and Globalstar). At the time of manufacturing, Telonics equipment is tested to verify compatibility with the applicable satellite system(s). Telonics does not warranty equipment against changes in satellite system specifications or satellite operation after the date your equipment was manufactured. Unforeseeable or unplanned system changes would include, but are not limited to, elevated ambient noise levels in the radio frequency bands used for satellite communications, elimination of service in a region of the world, data outages due to technical problems within the satellite system network, or reductions in data transfer capability due to alterations in the constellation as a result of premature space vehicle failures or failure to replace space vehicles in a timely manner.

If a defect occurs, return the equipment to us within the proper time frame at the following address: TELONICS, 932 E. IMPALA AVENUE, MESA AZ USA 85204-6699. The customer shall arrange for and pay all shipping, insurance and related charges incurred in the shipment to and from Telonics under this warranty. Damage to any equipment resulting from misuse, accidents, unauthorized service, extreme conditions, or other causes, is excluded from this warranty. Telonics does not assume responsibility for loss or damage to equipment during shipment. Telonics does not assume responsibility for delays resulting from shipment on commercial or private carriers. We insure all equipment shipped from our facility and suggest that shipments to Telonics also be insured.

Upon the timely return to our facility, if defective, the product will be replaced or repaired at our discretion at no cost to the customer. This remedy is the exclusive remedy. This product is supplied without any further warranties or conditions, expressed or implied, including warranties of merchantability, quality or fitness for particular reason or those arising by laws, statutes or trade usage or course of dealing. The entire risk, as to the results and performance of the product, is assumed by the customer. Neither Telonics, nor its suppliers, shall have any liability to the customer or any other person or entity for any indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damage whatsoever, regardless whether Telonics has been told of the possibility of such damages or that such damages might be foreseeable. Telonics has no responsibility or liability for the claims of any third party. The maximum aggregate to the customer, of Telonics and its suppliers, shall not exceed the amount paid by the customer for the product.